Fabulous Foodies Descend On Wellington

Published: Wed 11 Nov 2009 10:49 AM
Media Release November 2009
Fabulous Foodies Descend On Wellington
Four of New Zealand’s top chefs and food writers are being brought together by Paper Plus for a VIP evening of entertainment and foodie banter. The canapé-and-bubbles-fuelled evening will be hosted by food-lover and Paper Plus books spokesperson Kerre Woodham, with the panelists discussing everything food-related about their latest books and favourite recipes.
In the lead up to Christmas, this grand foodie gathering will offer a bounty of inspiration for entertaining at home with family, friends and loved ones over the festive season.
Well known family cook Allyson Gofton, beloved by New Zealanders as the former host of TV One’s popular Food in a Minute, will be discussing her book Cook, which features her favourite recipes for entertaining at home.
Wellington’s own Martin Bosley, Listener food columnist and owner-chef of restaurant Martin Bosley’s at the Port Nicholson Yacht Club (2007 winner of Cuisine Restaurant of the Year) will be talking about his book Martin Bosley Cooks. The recipes are designed “for the home chef who doesn’t have hours to spend on making a splash at dinner parties or even a work night. I want others to enjoy that feeling of comfort and generosity that comes from preparing good food for others.”
Alongside Allyson and Martin will be Sophie Gray, made famous by her Destitute Gourmet philosophy of serving up tasty, fashionable and healthy home-cooked meals on a modest budget. The 10th anniversary edition of the Destitute Gourmet cookbook, Stunning Food from Small Change (centred around family, friends and good food) has just been published, and at the VIP event Sophie will share how she encourages home cooks to innovate and improvise, and shop smart – what you really need in your pantry, and what you can easily do without.
And the fourth guest, cookbook author and long-time Cuisine food editor Lauraine Jacobs, will be discussing the new book she has edited, A Treasury of New Zealand Baking, to which Allyson and Martin, along with more of the country’s top cooks and food writers, have contributed recipes. The book is being released to coincide with Breast Cancer Action Month, with all royalties going to the Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
“As we are coming into the Christmas holiday season, with its many opportunities to be with family and friends and enjoy delicious, seasonal homemade food, we thought it was timely to bring these great cooks and food writers together for an entertaining evening of canapés, bubbly and food talk,” Paper Plus Group Marketing Manager Lyle Hastings says.
“They all have great recipes and recommendations for fun, food-filled gatherings with loved ones. Kerre is vocal about her love of good food, so she will bring out the best in our guests.”
Date: 27 November 2009
Date: Friday 27 November, 2009
Time: 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start. Approximate duration 3hrs
This is the final metro Paper Plus Books & Bubbles event for the year hosted in the food capital, Wellington, with a great line up of authors talking about their latest books and love of all things food. This includes Allyson Gofton former Food in a Minute host and author of Cook, Wellington’s own Martin Bosley renowned chef and author of Martin Bosley Cooks, Destitute Gourmet Sophie Gray and her latest book Stunning Food from Small Change and Cuisine food editor Lauraine Jacobs who is releasing A Treasury of New Zealand Baking. The food-lover and Paper Plus books spokesperson Kerre Woodham will keep the audience entertained and guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of Morton Estate bubbles on arrival, sumptuous canapés from Regal Salmon and the chance to win a fabulous $500 hamper from L’Oréal Paris. Each guest will also get a goody bag to take home. A fabulous foodie night out not to be missed!
Location: Duxton Hotel, 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Tickets: $40 each and available from all Wellington Paper Plus stores or online at, with proceeds going to Cure Kids.
More about the panelists:
Allyson Gofton has been cooking for New Zealanders for over 20 years. During her varied career she has assisted Graham Kerr both here and abroad, and became the Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. She was also Food Editor for Next magazine for many years and appeared nightly on our screens as presenter for Food In a Minute. Allyson has written 19 cookbooks, including the best-selling Bake and After Work Cookbook. Allyson is a working mum with two young children and a very busy husband who love her home cooking and baking.
Martin Bosley is one of New Zealand’s most highly-regarded chefs, and the owner of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club restaurant on the waterfront at Oriental Bay in Wellington. The restaurant won the coveted Cuisine Restaurant of the Year award in 2007. He writes a weekly column in the Listener and another in the Air New Zealand magazine Kia Ora.
Sophie Gray is the cook and food writer behind the bestselling Destitute Gourmet, which has sold more than 20,000 copies and been reprinted eight time. It was recently revised for a 10th-anniversary edition, Stunning Food from Small Change, capturing Sophie’s sensible advice and recipes for simple, delicious and nutritious family meals on a modest budget. Sophie has always treasured what she believes are the best things in life: family, friends and good food. This is at the heart of Sophie’s DG world.
Lauraine Jacobs is a food editor for the internationally-recognised Cuisine magazine. She has won many awards for food and recipe writing and two Gold Ladles at the World Food Media Awards for previous books, The New Zealand Baker and Baker, both co-written with Dean Brettschneider. In her capacity as a Cuisine food editor and chief restaurant reviewer, she is also a major contributor to the publications Cuisine Restaurants and Cuisine Wine Country. Lauraine lives in Auckland with her husband Murray, and has two adult children, Katie and Scott. As an antidote to the eating and wine-drinking her life demands, Lauraine plays golf regularly.

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